Alpha 192 Recruit Journal Week 03


Alpha 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: September 22, 2015

Graduates: November 13, 2015


Week 03


Week 03 has so far been the most challenging, eventful, and adventurous since the Recruits were dropped off at the bus stop on the night of September 22nd. Recruits are beginning to lean away from the physical enhancements and more towards becoming Coast Guardsmen. Alpha-192 has started working together as a team and less as individuals. And we will only strengthen as the weeks go on.


Starting the week off with a bang recruits dressed in their swimsuits, and jumped into survival float suits. Stumbling across the pool deck, shipmates helped each other put on these big fluffy suits and by the end of the swim session everyone resembled Big Hero Six.


Everyday at Tracen Cape May is rushed and hectic. We had to drop off laundry at 0645, of course we were running behind, but somehow Alpha managed to pull it off. After morning chow we marched over to the gym for an intense core workout with Mr. Schena. Alpha looked like we all jumped in the pool by the end of it. Alpha is progressively getting stronger with each day and each workout. Petty Officer Kesterson always says we will run circles around every other company on the regiment.


Another trip to the “Shark Tank” as we call it here in Cape May. The Galley is probably the most frightful place for a recruit. We are lonely fish making a run for freedom when the sharks start attacking. Hounding us on every fact they can think of. The Sharks snatch up whomever they see and put them under immense pressure. As a recruit you pray to be that one fishy that goes unnoticed and lives. I think the stress is starting to wear on Alpha Company. Basically the only thing heard as we do our duties is coughing, snot running, and lots of huffing and puffing from sore recruits struggling through each day. In the evening the members of Alpha-192 who signed up for drill team met up with recruits from later weeks and began to train. Alpha was the bottom of the barrel here, frantically throwing their pieces around while other squads were lean mean piece throwing machines. But we’ll get there. Before taps Alpha is always scrambling to meet the nearly impossible time objectives set by our CC’s, yet somehow we’re getting closer and closer each day. Maybe by week 06 we can make our CC’s proud to say “That’s my Company”.


Another adventurous day was in store for Alpha. We had our first Seamanship class, which is a decent march from home, we marched all the way down Munro Avenue towards the Bay and Alpha ended up on a nice, nature walk of a lifetime- Recruits can agree it was the best part of the day.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.